Casual Layer

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 60 0

Oliver & Piper Empress Statement Necklace, Club Monaco Mint Dress, White Cardigan

Oliver & Piper Empress Statement Necklace, Club Monaco Mint Dress, White Cardigan, Jimmy Choo Abel Silver Mirrored Heels, Coach Mint Penny Crossbody Bag

Club Monaco Mint Dress, White Cardigan, Jimmy Choo Abel Silver Mirrored Heels, Coach Mint Penny Crossbody Bag

Oliver & Piper Empress Statement Necklace, Club Monaco Mint Dress, White Cardigan, Jimmy Choo Abel Silver Mirrored Heels, Coach Mint Penny Crossbody Bag

Oliver & Piper Empress Statement Necklace, Club Monaco Mint Dress, White Cardigan

Dress: Club Monaco. Cardigan: Jacob (similar from Loft). Necklace: olive + piper (c/o). Bag: Coach. Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar by Kate Spade). Rings: BCBG, Stella & Dot, The Bay. Sunglasses: Chanel.

 

The sparkle of this gorgeous necklace, the shine on my silver shoes and the shimmer in this pretty dress had me feeling a little dressed up for daytime.  My solution?  Add a slouchy cardigan for a more relaxed, casual vibe.  I would have loved to add a fitted white jacket or blazer as another option, but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one. I have my eye on this little number from Club Monaco.

 

Thank you for all of the wonderful feedback on yesterday’s post about clean eating.  It was so interesting to hear how many of you have removed chemicals, preservatives and processed foods from your diets.  It was even more impressive to read about those of you who never really ate those foods to begin with.  Thank you for all of the tips, tricks and suggestions!

 

 

 

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Mirrored Floral

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 74 0

H&M Baseball Peplum Top, Topshop Mirrored Floral Print Skirt, Nine West White Flax Heels

Topshop Mirrored Floral Print Skirt, Nine West White Flax Heels

H&M Baseball Peplum Top, Topshop Mirrored Floral Print Skirt, Nine West White Flax Heels

Top: H&M. Skirt: Topshop (old but really LOVE this one too). Shoes: Nine West. Rings: Coach, ASOS.

 

A handful of you might remember my post in early January where I stated my New Year’s resolution was to get healthy and one day fit back into this mirrored floral print Topshop skirt.  Well, 7 months later, and with a lot of ups and downs, I finally fit back into it . . .sort of.  It’s still a little snug, but in another month, it will hopefully fit like a glove.

 

I won’t bore you with the details, but I must say that diets do NOT work for me.  I lose the weight then gain it right back.  In April, we had a little health scare in my family which forced Justin and I to cut out all chemicals, processed and packaged foods.  It’s been surprisingly easy, and I don’t feel like I’m on a diet because it really has been a change in lifestyle.  We still eat pretty much everything we want, but we both find that our tastes have changed considerably.  We don’t crave sweets and junk food nearly as much.  When we do want a treat or something a little more indulgent, we try to find healthier versions of all of our favorites.  Here are a few examples:

 

1. Instead of buying chemical filled Jiffy or Skippy peanut butter, we buy organic peanut butter made only from peanuts (no additives), then add our own sea salt and raw sugar.

2. Instead of buying preservative-filled jam, we make peanut butter and jam sandwiches with peanut butter, fresh strawberries and a little honey.  Trust me, it’s the best PB&J sandwich you’ll ever eat.

3. Instead of buying granola with a ton of added sugars and chemicals, we buy granola sweetened with maple syrup.

4. Instead of buying ice cream which has a shocking amount of added chemicals, we buy Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream made from coconut milk.  You must try the chocolate peanut butter flavor!  We’re addicted!

 

If any of you are thinking about cutting out chemicals and processed/packaged foods from your diet, I highly recommend you do your research and give it a try.  It’s much easier than you think, and your body will love you for it.  Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you have any questions at all, and I’ll do my best to help!

 

I’d love to know, have any of you cut chemicals and processed/packaged foods out of your diet?  How has it worked out for you?  Do you have any tips and tricks you could share?

 

 

–SHOP THE LOOK–

 

 

 

P.S. I’m linking up with Lauren for her weekly Style Sessions link up!

 

 

 

Chilly Summer Nights

Monday, July 29, 2013 70 0

Black and White Zara top, Kate Spade Polka Dot Phone Case

Black and White Zara Top, Black Balenciaga City, H&M Distressed Jeans, Nine West White Pumps

H&M Distressed Jeans, Nine West White Heels, Kate Spade Polka Dot Phone Case

Black and White Zara Top, Black Balenciaga City, H&M Distressed Jeans, Nine West White Pumps

Top: Zara (similar from Splendid). Jeans: H&M. Shoes: Nine West. Handbag: Balenciaga. Sunglasses: Gucci. Phone Case: Kate Spade. Rings: Stella & Dot, BCBG, The Bay.

 

Although it may look like I’m dressed for Fall, this is actually what I’ve been wearing as of late.  Long sleeves and jeans have pretty much been my summer night uniform over the last couple of weeks.  Our days are warm and beautiful, but our evenings here in Toronto have been surprisingly chilly, which I happen to love.  The hot-day/cool-night combo is what I consider to be perfect weather!